Lowell Deeds

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June 6, 2008

More on Judicial Center

by @ 5:32 pm. Filed under Registry Ops, Current Events

With yesterday’s news that the city of Lowell and the Commonwealth have agreed to transfer city-owned land within the Hamilton Canal district to the state to be used as the site for the new judicial center, it looks like the pace of that project will quicken. As the judicial center project gains more attention, I’m frequently asked what will become of the registry of deeds? My answer - I have no idea. It’s pretty certain that the registry won’t follow the Superior Court to the judicial center. We’re a part of the Secretary of State’s office, not the Trial Court, and the Trial Court will be responsible for the maintenance, security and upkeep of the judicial center. Understandably, the Trial Court plans to fill that building with its assets, not those of another state office. The registry might stay where we are in the Superior Court building, but I suspect the state (and the city) hopes the Superior Court is transferred to a private owner so that it can begin paying real estate taxes. More likely, we’ll move to the existing District Court on Hurd Street when the current occupants displace to the judicial center. Of course, that’s just a guess on my part and things tend to change several times.

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